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Think of a good, even great, player in that sport, male or female. Now, refine that thought specifically to identify an outstanding player, star or superstar, who clearly relishes (or relished) living in the spotlight. You likely either like (love) that player or dislike (hate) that player.

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"We hope that fans of golf will come out and watch these fabulous amateurs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning," Galveston Country Club President Bob Senter said. "We are proud to represent Galveston Island and Galveston County for this prestigious event. The competitors will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. all three days, and there is no fee for spectators."

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It is understandable that some golfers decided the fierce protocol was not worth it, and opted out of competition. It should be interesting and insightful to hear what those who chose to endure it all to play in front of no fans, with no money to win, have to say about the importance of chasing a gold medal.

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When the best on the planet struggle, when we see on the TV screen the same glazed and dazed look that makes a player look like he just received a Rocky Marciano right hook, and especially when they miss a 3-foot putt, they are just like us. And we are validated. And we are given to understand that we are not abject failures of the fairways. We are given hope.

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The United States Golf Association (USGA) annually invites any and all golfers to attempt to qualify to play in the United States Open Golf Championship. Don’t pack your clubs and head for the nearest qualifying venue: it’s already too late, so, maybe 2022 will be your year.